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Sycamore moth caterpillar

Sycamore moth caterpillar
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Copyright: steve weeks (weeksy) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 30] (120)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, 105mm 1:2.8 Sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-26 1:31
Viewed: 6477
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this chap trying to cross the busy pavement in front of our house this morning. To avoid it being squashed by passers by, I moved it into the garden where we have plenty of its food plants.

The sycamore moth (Acronicta aceris) is locally distributed in Britain, with it being more frequent in the south east and central southern England. It tends to be most frequent in urban areas with parks and gardens.

The adult moths fly between June and early August. The caterpillars can be found from July to September. The larva food plants include sycamore, field maple, horse-chestnut and cultivated acers. Once fully grown the larva will over winter as a pupa in a double layered cocoon in a bark crevice or among leaf litter.

Regards, Steve

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Hi, Steve,

this is lovely! a nice contrast between the 'soft' caterpillar and the 'hard' wood.

you wrote: "To avoid it being squashed by passers by, I moved it into the garden where we have plenty of its food plants."

ya, that's exactly what i and my friends would usually do too to the snails in this rainy season in Hong Kong. it's really sad to see them being squashed by careless passers by.

Man Yee

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-07-26 4:54]

Hi Steve,

What an interesting creature and what a good photo you took. I like the natural colors and also the sharp details of the heary body.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-26 6:46]

Very nice closeup. Caterpillar looks good on that background. Gary

Great shot Steve
nice details and colors

Great capture, excellent composition. Also my thanks to save the life.

Merhaba Steve,cok hos ,guzel bir kare.Ayrica ritmin n planda oldugu bir fotograf,kutlarim :)

never saw this one before, TFS it with all of us, greetings Ori

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  • rocko (264)
  • [2010-04-15 18:56]

I like caterpillars. I thought this one looks nice.

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